The Art of Live
6/25/2004 - Review by: Frank Hill
Queensryche's latest DVD with an emphasis on new material
The band is really on cue with the material; mature musicians instead of the blood-racing youth of past days even on such rapid numbers as "The Needle Lies". The 15 songs start out new-material heavy and are fairly tepid although "Desert Dance" shows some spark. Few of the songs are from the "Mindcrime" era and very little early material is represented. There is an mid-section set with an interesting acoustic version of "Roads to Madness" that I really enjoyed. Dream Theater joins them on stage for a rendition of Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" and The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again".
The DVD is setup with a slightly-grainy, old-fashioned look complete with noise lines and sepia color like they use in movies when some character is recalling the past. The band is always the focus of the camera's eye with few crowd shots other that some wide-angle views. Camera work is done between band members with a slow fade instead of the usual quick cut edits.
Overall, its way to comfortable and probably isn't for old-school Queensryche fans.
Sign of the Times
The Great Divide
Rhythm of Hope
My Global Mind
Roads to Madness
Breaking the Silence
The Needle Lies
Best I Can
Won't Get Fooled Again
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